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Welcome to Bolton College

Welcome to Bolton College, part of the University of Bolton Group

There has never been a more exciting time to join Bolton College; for several years we have enjoyed a partnership with the University of Bolton and building on this, we have recently undergone a merger. This further strengthens the relationship and provides more opportunities for our learners, including clear progression routes to degrees and Higher Apprenticeships.

It’s a time of change for you too; you’ll soon be making an important decision about your education and your future. What you do next is important and we’re here to help you every step of the way.

We’re the number one General FE and Tertiary College in Greater Manchester for 16-18 achievement rates for higher level qualifications. Ofsted also agrees; during our last Ofsted inspection we were graded 2 for ‘Good’. Ofsted highlighted the fact that our learners develop good employability and personal skills and that a high proportion progress to Apprenticeships, employment or Higher Education.

Here at the College you can select one of two pathways to Higher Education or employment: a full-time study programme or an Apprenticeship.

If you decide to study full-time at College, we have a great range of study programmes covering a variety of professions and occupations. As you study for your chosen career, we will help you with preparation for work and provide you with essential work experience opportunities. Our team of Learning Mentors will support you throughout.

If you choose the Apprenticeship route, we have a wide range of career frameworks for you to choose from. You will then start work with an employer and learn while you earn, supported throughout by our friendly team of Assessors.

Whichever route you choose to take, we will provide you with the skills and qualifications that employers or universities are looking for.

If you need a little extra help, we’ve got your back. Ofsted also said that College staff ‘provide effective pastoral and learning support with well-targeted information, advice and careers guidance that enables learners to make informed choices about their future careers.’

So, if you’d like some support with choosing your next step, you can attend one of our Open Events or call the team on 01204 482 182.

Young People's Open Events

Wednesday 17th October 2018, 4.30pm – 7pm

Thursday 22nd November 2018, 4.30pm – 7pm

Tuesday 5th February 2019, 4.30pm - 7pm


About us

Full-time Study Programmes and Apprenticeships

Whether you choose a full-time course or an Apprenticeship, both learning pathways provide a complete learning package designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further study.

Study Programmes - What you need to know

Our full-time study programmes consist of seven key elements designed to maximise your career prospects and increase your options for further or higher study.

Achievements Rates

We’re the Number 1 General Further Education College in Greater Manchester for 16-18 achievement rates for higher level qualifications.

Vocational Programmes

Our industry-experienced tutors will prepare you for success in your chosen vocation. Ofsted said, ‘learners make good progress across all aspects of their study programme’.

Industrial Placements & Work Experience

You’ll gain experience in the workplace on each year of your course, developing crucial skills to succeed in your chosen career. Ofsted said our learners benefit from work experience ‘relevant to their vocational subjects’.

Employability & Personal Skills

You’ll be supported to develop the skills and attitude that will make you shine in the workplace. Ofsted said that our ‘development of learners’ personal, social and employability skills is good’.

English & Maths

Research shows that success in these subjects will have the greatest impact on your future earnings and we’re here to help you achieve them. Ofsted said, ‘learners make good progress in improving their English and maths’.

Learning & Financial Support

You’ll be assigned a Learning Development Mentor (LDM) to support you throughout your time with us. They’ll help you excel and build your skills and confidence.

FREE College Meals – Students attending 3 days a week or more will save £260 per year*

*For students who meet eligibility criteria. These details refer to the support available in 2018-19.


Learning isn’t just about the classroom. We encourage students to try new things and Ofsted agreed: ‘Enrichments activities are well planned and help learners to develop their confidence’.

Apprenticeships - What you need to know

Our Apprenticeships kick-start careers whilst providing the option to go on to Further or Higher education. Consisting of four key elements, they begin with you in your first job and earning a wage.

Earn & Learn from Experts in the Field

We deliver over 43 programmes across 16 industry areas. Ofsted said we ‘actively promote high achievement of apprentices’.

Subject Specific Qualifications

Relevant industry qualifications demonstrate learners have the knowledge and skills for their career. Ofsted said learners ‘develop a high standard of vocational skills’.

English & Maths

Ofsted said, ‘apprentices develop a good understanding of how to apply their skills in English and mathematics within their vocational work’.

Learning Support

Each learner is assigned a designated tutor. Ofsted said they provide, ‘good and effective support…both in College and within the workplace’.

Facilities available

Young People's Open Events

Why not come and check it out? The best way to discover what Bolton College has to offer is by attending one of our Open Events. You'll get the chance to talk to our knowledgeable tutors, see our industry-standard facilities and look around our three vocational buildings which include dedicated centres for Construction and STEM Centre.

Wednesday 17th October 2018, 4.30pm – 7pm

Thursday 22nd November 2018, 4.30pm – 7pm

Tuesday 5th February 2019, 4.30pm - 7pm

Our £75 million campus offers:

  • Wella-approved hair salons
  • A fitness suite and sports hall
  • Apple Mac suites
  • Libraries
  • A theatre and dance studios
  • A café selling Costa coffee



Additional support

Support with your Studies

Equal opportunities are incredibly important to us at Bolton College, and we will always do our very best to meet the needs of individuals.

We can provide support for you, if you:

  • Are a D/deaf or hard-of-hearing person
  • Are a visually impaired person
  • Are on the Autistic Spectrum
  • Have a learning difficulty or disability
  • Have a physical disability
  • Have an injury or temporary disability
  • Have dyslexia
  • Have language, literacy or numeracy needs
  • Have mental health needs

A Supportive Environment

We also think it’s really important to create a comfortable learning environment, which offers:

  • A Personal Tutor/Learning & Development Mentor for every learner
  • Support if you’re applying to university
  • Support if you’re applying for jobs
  • A College Counsellor
  • Looked After Children (LAC) Links
  • A multi-faith Chaplaincy
  • A College Nurse Service
  • A Quiet Room
  • Childcare

Financial Support

Government-funded Further Education courses are usually free if you’re aged 16-18 and are a British or European Union resident.  Financial help is available for some students, whose families are on low income. If you’re worried about the cost of going to College, feel free to contact our Student Services Team by calling 01204 482 181/195 or emailing

If you’re looking to do an Apprenticeship, 100% of your Apprenticeship’s training costs will be funded by the Government. For further information visit


Learner success

Peter Dzuga - Business BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3

Former pupil of St Johns Fisher, Kent

“I’ve really enjoyed the course; I’ve been given great insight into all aspects of business. In my own time, I completed six extra units, the equivalent of three A-Levels. I achieved three Distinction stars which is the equivalent to three A*s at A-Level! I’m going to continue my studies at university and specialise in supply chain and logistics management.”

Jake Roberts - Motor Vehicle Body Repair Apprenticeship Level 3

Working at Boundary Garage

Former pupil of Turton High School

“I prefer working to being in a classroom, and being able to earn whilst you learn is a real financial bonus. What’s more you get to work alongside highly skilled body repairers every day. My Apprenticeship has been a really positive experience. I achieved my Level 3 qualification and I now work here full-time.”

Beth McGlinn

Hairdressing Apprenticeship Level 2

Working at John-Lee Guy Salon

Former pupil of Rivington & Blackrod High School

“Thanks to the Apprenticeship, I was head-hunted by the award-winning John-Lee Guy Salon.  I’m really good at colours and I even deliver masterclasses in the latest colour techniques to both my junior and senior colleagues in the salon. This year, I even reached the finals of the Bolton Business Awards in the Apprentice of the Year category!”

“The teaching at Bolton College is excellent. The tutors have lots of time and patience to make sure I’m happy and that I fully understand the topics covered. I know that I can ask as many questions as I need and they’ll always be there to support me.

Atimizia Afonso

Applied Science Level 3

Former pupil of Havering College, London

“The teaching at Bolton College is excellent. The tutors have lots of time and patience to make sure I’m happy and that I fully understand the topics covered. I know that I can ask as many questions as I need and they’ll always be there to support me. My plan is to progress to university in the future and study adult nursing.”



How to apply

You can apply for courses at Bolton College through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.

Last updated date: 04 October 2018
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